On September 28, 2022, the rector of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Michael Zgurovsky held talks with the president of the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence Waldemar Siwinski and the executive director of the Polish educational foundation Perspektywy Bianka Siwińska.
The parties discussed the possibility of involving Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in the international program of post-war innovative recovery of the economy of Ukraine. It was noted that an important task is to prepare a new generation of Ukrainians for the reconstruction of the country, while the war is still causing significant damage to it.
This will require well-educated people with IT skills, as well as close, organic relations with Poland and other European countries. This will help meet the needs of an increasingly powerful digital economy. The war forced millions of Ukrainians, most of them women, to emigrate to Poland and, in smaller numbers, to other European countries. This creates a need for their training and adaptation to the realities and requirements of the Polish and European economy and society.
The Polish labor market is already experiencing a shortage of specialists with sufficient digital skills. Well-trained immigrants from Ukraine can make a significant contribution to the economy of the host country.
But just as importantly, these people with digital skills and experience will be able to make a significant contribution to the innovative transformation of their country once they return home in the post-war era.
On October 26, at the next XI festival of innovation projects Sikorsky Challenge, a thorough discussion of this international project and the features of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute's involvement in it will take place.